Durban boy makes girl's matric dance dreams a reality

2015-07-26 13:37
Deon Governder and Tanèal Tucker. (Photo supplied)

Deon Governder and Tanèal Tucker. (Photo supplied)

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Durban - A Durban North scholar, who made a public appeal for a matric dance partner who had never had the opportunity to attend one before, has made one girl's dream come true.

Deon Govender's mother Vino told News24 they decided to change Tanèal Tucker's life after receiving more than 300 responses to her son's Facebook appeal.

"We received over 300 motivations and we went through every single one. By a process of elimination we got to 10, which we then shortlisted to five, and then to three," she said. 

"Thereafter we contacted the three and called them to do a short interview and from there we chose."

She said Tucker was the person who really touched their hearts. 

"We wanted to choose someone who will not have, or did not have the opportunity to attend their own matric ball. We wanted to find the reasons why they couldn't attend and what the circumstances were," Vino Govender said. 

"The one that touched our hearts was Tanèal. I don't want to reveal her circumstances on a public platform, but she had also never been exposed to social media and does not have a cellphone."

Vino said Tucker's mother had submitted her motivation. 

"I was touched by what the mother had to say," she said. 

Vino told the mother to ask Tucker to submit her own motivation. 

"She sent us a handwritten motivation. That is what made our hearts sink."

She said Tucker was driven to the ball in a Lamborghini, was gifted a piece of jewellery from Tiffany's and had her hair and make-up done by international stylists.  

"Also for Tanèal, it was the first time she had had her nails done and it was the first time she had a facial. Everything that she experienced last night, other girls experience. For her, it was a first."

She said while Deon's matric ball was supposed to be about him, he thought about other people, and he eventually made someone else feel better. 

"He has set a trend for others to follow. More of this can be done and more individuals' dreams can be fulfilled."

Vino said in a Facebook post at the time:  "Dear Awesome people. This Saturday is my sons matric dance and he has a special request. He would like his partner for the evening to be someone that has never had the privilege or opportunity to attend a matric dance or never will have that opportunity due to financial or other restraints. Race or gender does not matter, should the recipient be female, the dress hair and makeup, including transport to and from the venue will all be provided. PLEASE I urge you to assist me in fulfilling my sons dream of another individual. I am sure we will be able to do this."

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